Neato Robotics, a Silicon Valley company that pioneers new technologies and products to free people from household chores, announced a new automatic vacuum cleaner that's designed especially for pet owners and allergy sufferers. The Neato XV-21, which works on all floor types, includes a new bristled brush to improve the pick-up of pet hair, dander and fibers and allows the vacuum cleaner to run more quietly than previous models, especially on hardwood floors. A new filter, which is cleanable and designed for long-term use, provides increased airflow and suction power that allows the Neato XV-21 to pick up and retain more than three times the fine dust particles of the company's standard filter.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recommends vacuuming frequently and reducing the amount of pet dander, fur and feathers in the home as two simple steps to help prevent allergy outbreaks. A 2011 study by Quest Diagnostics found that allergies are on the rise in the U.S. with one in five Americans now being affected. Allergies to dust mites, pet dander, ragweed and other allergens now account for more than 17 million visits to the doctor per year, according to the report.
With the Neato XV-21's ability to automatically clean homes on its own with no human assistance, allergy sufferers can avoid allergens in the air caused by cleaning that can sometimes trigger reactions. Customers can easily set an automatic cleaning schedule for the Neato XV-21 to clean every day, keeping homes neat and healthy and carpets well-groomed. It vacuums close to walls and corners, avoids bumping into furniture and returns automatically to its base to re-charge itself.
Using smart path planning and a methodical back-and-forth cleaning pattern, it thoroughly cleans all types of floors and creates that neat, "just cleaned" look on carpets. The Neato XV-21 will be available for purchase for $429 MSRP at the end of April through the Neato Robotics website and an expanding list of retail partners.